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Club Notes: 17th February 2020

posted Feb 18, 2020, 4:53 PM by Mark Baldwin   [ updated Feb 18, 2020, 4:55 PM ]
Notaí CLG Tulach an Iarainn sponsored by Goalpost Ireland.

Pairc Eamon De Paor:
Fixture Cois Bhríde v Brickey Rangers Minor Football 11.30 am Sunday 23rd February.

Storm Dennis : The minor football fixture for last Sunday was called off. The Waterford league game was called off on two occasions. Would it be radical for the GAA to build a 25,000 or so stadium in the midlands with a 4G pitch catering for the bad weather? If a storm was coming or heavy rainfall give counties advance warning and baring bad wind play matches in such a venue.
Club fixtures now are commencing at an earlier end of March start point. With the winter and early spring weather varying at many times to unplayable pitches , these earlier starts rather than the norm April and May mean that a lot of club need to find alternative venues to train and play games. Hardly an ideal situation!!

Tallow GAA Lotto Supported by Kearney's Restaurant.
17/2/2010 Jackpot €12,000 No Winner Numbers: 5,24,25,27.
Consolation Prizes: Deirdre Donnelly, James Power, Angela Doyle, Fran Mangan
Promoter: Mary Murphy
Next Draw : 24/2/2020 Clancy's 9pm Jackpot : 12/2/2020

Car Park: The car park got new lines painted last week and it adds a nice touch to it.

Johnny Geary Interview Part 1:
This week I posted a few questions to Johnny Geary on his involvement in Tallow GAA. Johnny won numerous underage titles and two senior hurling titles. He has acted as senior hurling manager and selector as well as being involved in various underage teams . He was Cois Bhride chairman and vice chairman of Tallow GAA.

PRO: You grew up in a time just as Tallow were bearing fruit in our underage structures?
J.G Yes I was lucky enough to be around for the 80's which was a great decade for Tallow GAA where we would have won almost every grade at hurling including Minor , U 21, Junior , Intermediate and Senior titles . We also won a good number of Football titles having a senior football team also for a few years. When Ned Power became Principal in Tallow National School it became a wonderful academy for hurling and I think the 80's titles won were the fruits of the structures and coaching he brought to the club.

PRO: Do you remember any of adult county finals of the seventies?
J.G.: Yes I remember the Intermediate title won in the 70's and we contested a senior county final - a young Tallow team were beaten by Portlaw . Four years later that team won a senior Co Title in 1980, beating Dunhill.

PRO: How much of an influence was Ned Power on your hurling career?

J.G. Ned had a huge influence on myself and all lads that he taught for the 60 s, 70 s and 80 s . We were fortunate enough to have him in Tallow and he was a tremendous Hurling Man and coach, probably ahead of his time . He was one of the founders of the Gormanstown College Hurling Summer Schools which were the first real structured coaching courses held by the GAA . Ned had coaching and games after school in Tallow every Tues and Thurs and although it wasn’t compulsory to attend, let’s just say he could make things very difficult for you if you didn’t (especially at school the following day). It was hugely enjoyable as he was a real skills coach . Pat Daly often mentioned that a lot of the current Croke Park coaching manual was the work of Ned Power.

PRO: You played on the minor team of 1980 that won the title. A unique double for the club after just winning our first senior hurling title on the field of play a week before. A year later a player from each team had passed on....
J.G.: Yes it was a unique double , I d say the momentum from winning the Senior the previous Sun carried us over the line the following week in the minor . Unfortunately we lost Raymond O Brien and Billy Henley the following year both under tragic circumstances. Two young men in their prime from 2 families steeped in Tallow GAA , It was a very sad time for the people of the Parish and they were a huge loss to their families and to the club.

PRO: You played Junior hurling. We got a bad beating off Roanmore in the 81 Junior final but we beat Tramore after a replay the following year....
J.G.: Yes we had a lot of young talent in the club at that time having won minor in 1980 and had a lot of success in the u 21 grade . We were badly beaten by Roanmore in a county final –they were a good side that went on to win 2 senior titles in the late 80 s . The following year we won the title with a good mixture of young and not so young players . Ned Power played in goals with us at the age of 51 . We beat Ballduff Lower in the semi-final who also had a 50 something Tom Cheasty – both All Ireland Medal winners with Waterford in 1959. Ned used also say to us that he never actually retired –he just wasn’t picked anymore.

PRO: Roanmore were the coming force in the county at the time . You drew with them in an U21 county final. Your father and Seán O'Donoghue were involved in an altercation with a referee. It was quoted in the paper as a tall thin man and a small man in wellingtons. What happened here?
J.G.: Ya we drew with Roanmore in 83 and went on to on to win the replay the following week. At the drawing game my father and Sean O Donoghue weren’t agreeing with some of the refereeing decisions on the day and were letting the referee know in no uncertain terms. The referee went to book the 2 of them and they wouldn’t give their names so the refeuyyrees report stated ,he was abused by a tall, thin grey haired man and a small man with wellingtons . We all knew who was involved but no one ever disclosed to the Co Board who they were. Club said we had no one fitting those descriptions. We got good mileage out of that one, and still do.

PRO: In the replay Roanmore had Kieran Delahunty and McGrath back (two of their stars) yet we beat them..
J.G.: Roanmore had a lot of their future senior stars on that u 21 side ; Noelie Crowley , Kieran Delahunty , The Coadys , Eddie Roche so we weren’t expected to win . They had the lads back for the replay so we were rank outsiders but managed the win .Jim O Donoghue , Philly Curley , Pat Murphy and John Fitzgerald had huge games for us on the day.

PRO: We had three adult hurling teams in the eighties...
J.G.: Yes we had a lot of adult hurlers at the time- After winning the Junior in 82 we went in to 83 with a senior , intermediate and junior team . Actually that year the Intermediate and Senior Championship first rounds were combined so our Senior and Intermediate teams could have been playing each other in the first round if drawn, fortunately that didn’t happen . We fielded a junior team also that year – I think there were a lot of fellows togged out to make that bit of history . The team sheet listed some guest hurlers like Dick O Mahony , Colman O Flynn ( Chuck ) and Milo Aherne to name but a few. I think Milo announced his hurling retirement on being replaced by R O Mahony . in one of their games.
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